David Robson's 2007 Colorado Pro Review.

While second-placed Darrem Charles was a favorite for the top six going into this show, and no one would have argued if he had, in fact, won, perhaps surprising to many was winner Kai Green. My review of the top six follows.

In what would be one of the more surprising professional bodybuilding contest outcomes in recent memory, the eventual top six at Shawn Ray's Colorado Pro were in complete contrast to what we have come to expect for the most part at the pro level: smaller athletes, many of whom are not renowned for their consistency in the conditioning and placing's department.

Case in point were Ronny Rockel, David Henry and George Farah (4th, 5th and 6th respectively), men who, while as balanced and complete as can be - especially in David and Ronny's case - have been inconsistent in conditioning over the past year and are routinely placed out of the money. But this is the kind of show the Colorado Pro is shaping into, one where the outcome is next to impossible to predict.

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While second-placed Darrem Charles was a favorite for the top six going into this show, and no one would have argued if he had, in fact, won, perhaps surprising to many was winner Kai Greene who, with phenomenal conditioning and some of the best muscle separation around, has literally come out of nowhere to establish himself as the man to beat at the smaller shows.

As the third best bodybuilder in this show, Silvio Samuel finally got his due while Mr. Symmetry, Ronny Rockel, could have placed higher but must be happy with fourth in such esteemed company. David Henry has stopped playing the size game and, as evidenced with his fifth place award, is back to his ripped-to-shreds-best.

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George Farah in sixth place was a complete surprise - and possibly a mystery - to many in attendance. While he looked good standing on his own, up against the established names he tended to fade into obscurity, but he did, however, have conditioning second-to-none.

But that is the nature of the Colorado Pro show and probably one of its biggest attractions - the judges appear to select the top men based on these competitors individual merits, not what the prevailing trends suggest to be the right pick.

Indeed, it is a show that does not appear to be afraid to "break the rules" and the fans can be sure that the outcome will be interesting each time, not the predictable results we have become accustomed to seeing at most of the other pro shows. You might even say the judging outcome is fairer as symmetry and conditioning supersede size for the sake of size.

The biggest surprise of this show might not have been the selection of Kai Green as the winner (although he definitely deserved this distinction) or even the inclusion of George Farah in the top six, but the exclusion of perennial top five finishers Branch Warren and Dennis James, who were both slightly off their usual conditioning, from the top placing's.


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Branch Warren & Dennis James.
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Although both of these men were the biggest competitors onstage - Dennis bigger overall, Branch dominating, as usual, in the legs department - the more defined, and in some cases, better-balanced men prevailed.

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My review of the top six follows.


The Top Six


Kai Greene:

    The biggest bodybuilding breakthrough of the year would be Kai Greene, a complete bodybuilder who may have set a new standard in muscle separation and overall conditioning, along with being one of the more classy posers around, will be a force in any contest he enters from now on, provided he is consistent in doing what has brought him to this point.


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Kai Greene At The 2007 Colorado Pro.
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    At the pre-judging it was refreshing to see Kai outclass many established names with muscularity that literally swelled off every joint of his well-presented physique. Where others lacked, Kai seemed to dominate. Predictably he also won the best poser award.


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Kai Greene At The 2007 Colorado Pro.
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Darrem Charles:

    Another who is known for classy presentation and great muscle separation is Darrem Charles who, it is nice to note, is back to his very best after a shaky start to 2007. Had he won this show no one would have disagreed, as he was very close to Kai Green in terms of structure, and equally well conditioned. Although Kai has brought to the stage uniquely peaked biceps, Darrem's remain the benchmark.


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Darrem Charles At The 2007 Colorado Pro.
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Silvio Samuel:

    After a succession of fifth and sixth place finishes, Silvio has finally, in such a big field, captured his best competitive placing yet. The word classy also defines Silvio's physique. He seems to have worked hard on his abdominal control - the only real negative aspect to his presentation - and brought a slightly tighter package to take third.


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Silvio Samuel At The 2007 Colorado Pro.
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    One feels he can reach a little higher yet. The interesting dilemma for Silvio is how he will fare at the Mr. Olympia. Will the likes of Warren, James and Ruhl, men he, in many respects, has proven superior to, overtake him at the year's largest show or will he be placed consistently?


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Silvio Samuel At The 2007 Colorado Pro.
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Ronny Rockel:

    Having won the 2006 Australian Pro, Germany's Ronny Rockel has shown he can beat out the larger men if he brings the right conditioning. In Colorado he again brought great conditioning (perhaps not exactly in line with what he brought to Australia) along with one of the best-proportioned physiques in the game to capture one of his highest placing's at the pro level.


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    Given his physique is quite short and compact compared to most of his competition he can get overlooked, but when he puts it all together, as he did in Colorado, he is hard to deny.

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David Henry:

    If David were a couple of inches taller with 20lbs more muscle with the same balance and definition he is known for, he could be Mr. Olympia. He is that good. He has everything, but seems to routinely get lost in the increasingly mass-monster-strewn line-ups we see nowadays.

    In Colorado David re-captured the form he presented when he took second to Lee Priest at the 2006 Iron Man Pro, but with, it seems, an additional 10 or so pounds of muscle. Standing next to the others at prejudging he was not overpowered, despite giving away many pounds of muscle, especially to Branch and Dennis. His back development, along with Green, was probably the most detailed onstage. But again, will he get lost in the mix come Olympia time?


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David Henry At The 2007 Colorado Pro.
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George Farrah:

    One of the surprises of the evening was George Farah. Usually he gets lost in the sea of size-monsters but this time he brought his A-game along with some improvements in size and made the top six. Some had him slightly higher.


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George Farah At The 2007 Colorado Pro.
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    When I predicted the outcome for this show I had George way down on the list based on his previous outings and smaller size. I certainly would never have predicted him beating Branch Warren and Dennis James.

    I think George's placing probably highlights more than any other factor in this show the importance of conditioning at this level. If you are slightly off, despite having the best symmetry and size onstage, you may place way down on the list. Good work George.


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George Farah At The 2007 Colorado Pro.
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